Recording & reporting collisions & near misses
For fleet operators it is really important to have robust processes in place to deal with an incident when it occurs. Sean McGrae, Senior Manager National Transport, Tarmac shares a few insights into the way Tarmac deals with its huge fleet. “It’s important to classify incidents and to capture all ‘near misses” says Sean. “We establish the severity of incident and follow agreed process for investigation using all possible sources of information.
Tarmac use a vehicle tracking and fleet management system which provides information about where an incident took place and what the driver was doing at the time – speed, length of day etc. The tracking is on the vehicle so records even if the driver is working for another customer. Video evidence is also invaluable, it provides a detailed record of what actually happened and helps to identify contributing factors that would not otherwise be captured. Collaboratively this can be of benefit to all parties involved.
If you want to find out more about how Tarmac captures information, investigates and shares lessons learned, then join Sean at the CLOCS Annual Conference for a workshop: Collision Reporting and Effective Investigations where he will be supported by a co-presenter from RoadPeace.
FORS Collision Manager
Analysis from FORS Collision Manager this month shows that most collisions happen at slower speeds, with 44% of reported collisions happening at less than 30mph.
FORS tools to help reduce collisions include:
Smart Driving – focuses on the basics of road safety and some of the more advanced techniques of concentration, observation and anticipation
Safe Urban Driving – aimed at improving driving standards in the urban environment
Van Smart training and eLearning – aimed at reducing work related road risks and improving road safety
Fuels in Action
Interested in alternative fuels for your fleet? LoCITY brings them all under one roof...
UK freight operators interested in alternative fuels and retrofit technology to reduce fleet emissions are invited to a free-to-attend LoCITY event on 20 March.
The event is the largest in a series of four roadshows, provided by Transport for London, which will bring together operators, vehicle manufacturers and technology experts to explore market-ready alternatives to using diesel in commercial vehicle fleets. Electric, gas, hydrogen, biodiesel and KERS technology will all be explored at the event, as well as giving operators the chance to find out about available grants and vehicle trials from Innovate UK, TfL and OLEV representatives. There will also be the opportunity to take a look at a wide range of alternative fuelled vans and lorries on the day and talk to manufacturers about the best fit for your operation, as well as explore current leasing and finance options.
Prominent operators who have already committed to using non diesel fuels in their fleets will be taking part in the event to share their journey so far with delegates: these include John Lewis Partnership, O'Donovan Waste Disposal, CitySprint, Martin Brower and Red Kite Management, with more added regularly.
The event, called Fuels in Action, will take place on 20 March at Kempton Park Race Course, Sunbury-on Thames. It is free to attend, but you must register in advance to be sure of a place.
City of London Cycle Etiquette 'Be Brake Ready' Campaign
The City of London Corporation Road Danger Reduction Team will be running a week-long cycle etiquette campaign in partnership with; London’s Leading Cycling Campaigners, The City of London Police & Living Streets.
This campaign will start on Monday 26th February in a number of locations across the Square Mile, and will target all vulnerable road user groups.
The campaign comes under the on-going ‘Be Brake Ready’ message that was launched in November 2017. The purpose of the safety campaign is to reduce conflict and injuries. To encourage people cycling to travel at appropriate speeds for the environment and for pedestrians to remain focussed when they cross busy junctions.
The locations have been selected based on the most common collision pairings during peak times. Morning, lunchtime and evenings.
Traffic marshals will be placed at the locations to actively engage with people as they travel to work. They will highlight areas where conflict could potentially arise and encourage all road users to follow the four principles outlined above.